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State proposals would require national anthem at professional sports games – CBS Miami

TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) — The state Senate and House will consider a proposal that would require Florida professional sports teams receiving government assistance to play the U.S. national anthem before every home game.

Sen. Joe Gruters, R-Sarasota, filed a measure Thursday (SB 1298) that would prohibit government agencies from entering into deals with professional teams without written verification that the anthem would be played.

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The proposal, similar to a measure (HB 499) filed Nov. 4 by Rep. Tommy Gregory, R-Sarasota, seeks to ensure the anthem would be played before events such as preseason, regular-season professional baseball and post-season, basketball. , hockey, soccer and football matches. In addition, the requirement would apply to NASCAR and IndyCar events held at venues with at least 75,000 permanent seats and to Professional Golfers’ Association events.

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Failure to play the anthem could result in teams or venues having to repay any government money they received.

The proposal mirrors a Texas law, dubbed the Star Spangled Banner Protection Act, that went into effect in September. The Texas law came after Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban quietly decided in November 2020 to stop playing the anthem before his team’s home games.

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